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Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

The location was important to us as we were visiting family in Lincoln Park and the choices are limited and chose this hotel for our 6 night stay. This is a vintage property which is a cute way of saying old and uncomfortable. The room was tiny, maybe 2' larger on 3 sides than the bed. The bathroom could only accommodate one person at a time. The mattress is what I expect from lower end hotels, uncomfortably firm and un-supportive.

The wall A/C was effective but very loud but it drowned out most of the noise from the plumbing & hall. The room appeared to be clean, yet had this grittiness to it and my wife was afraid to put the luggage on the floor. Decor was typical of lower end motels.

The view was something we have never seen before West Side Story, the back of another building maybe 10' away with a fire escape but without Maria. This made the room dark, but they had plenty of interior lights to make it bright.

Service was excellent, the staff was great hence the 3 star rating otherwise 2 would be generous.

The food at their restaurant was terrible and most people know this because it had maybe 1 or 2 other customers when we went. We found a charming cafe that I would recommend around the corner called Nookies, I believe on Wells St and also Ellys (24/7) for a snack if you get hungry late at night on North & Clark. The roof bar was a forest of propane heaters making it so uncomfortable we left after trying different sections looking for the right cool corner (we were dressed in shorts and short sleeve shirt). The next day, 82F, they finally turned them down and it was bearable and has very nice views of the lake and downtown.

My wife would stay here again based on the location alone. I would be glad to pay a cab downtown to take me to Lincoln Park rather than stay here again.

Room Tip: If you want a normal size room, I was told you need to get a suite.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is a charming boutique hotel in a great neighborhood with a youthful, friendly, and helpful staff. The roof bar is lively and a lot if fun . We had a very comfortable room and found the decor throughout hotel to be attractive and clever. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

My husband and I just stopped for a drink because it was a beautiful fall night of 80 degrees. We live nearby and admired the rooftop bar from below. It did not disappoint because the ambiance provided the view of Lake Michigan, great people watching (lots of visitors from other areas of the US) and decent drinks. Glasses of wine were 12.00 a piece. We had one glass and then went to dinner. Fun time.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

I had the opportunity in September to not only stay at the Hotel Lincoln in Chicago on Lincoln Park but also to attend three days of meetings! I have to say that everything was just incredible. From the friendly and knowledgeable staf,f to the beautifully appointed guest rooms, and the functional meeting space! The food was of extremely high quality in all of the outlets! This was one amazing visit and I highly recommend the Hotel Lincoln as a wonderful option to the downtown hustle and bustle. Best of all the hotel is just steps or a short cab ride away from all of the action. Do yourself a favor and make your next visit to Chicago something special by booking a stay at the Hotel Lincoln!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Hotel Lincoln was outstanding. Checked in a bit early on Sunday and they didn't even blink an eye, just quick efficient check-in and a nice warm welcome. Room was incredible with great views of Lincoln Park and Lakeshore drive. Room was cool and kitschy, but in a fun way with all the latest gadgets you need. Wifi was strong, and lots of power options to plug into. Check-out the roof-top bar, a great place to hang out and have a drink. The best part of our stay was the staff, very engaged and authentic - truly friendly and interested in having a conversation. We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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